From the Washington Naval Treaty to the end of the Second World War.
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You don't want your own uninformed ships, and non navy traffic, and those of neutrals being sunk. Also some minefields are meant mainly to deny access of water to the enemy, so declaring an area mined also does that.
Entering a night sea battle is an awesome business.The enveloping darkness, hiding the enemy's.. seems a living thing, malignant and oppressive.Swishing water at the bow and stern mark an inexorable advance toward an unknown destiny.